A vehicle’s braking system is one of the most essential systems. It’s not advisable to drive with poorly maintained brakes as they could give out at any time, putting you and others in a world of hurt.
When you notice signs that you need brake repair, this is one time you should never wait. In addition to the significant increase in the risk of an accident, worn brake parts can affect other brake system parts, making the brake service more expensive than it has to be.
The braking system on most vehicles has several components, including:
Most vehicles have four-wheel disc brakes, but many trucks still have rear-wheel drum brakes. If your vehicle has drum brakes, it has wheel cylinders, shoes and drums on the rear wheels.
The braking system also includes two-wheel ABS or four-wheel ABS. If your vehicle has disc brakes in the rear, your vehicle most likely has four-wheel ABS; otherwise, your vehicle most likely has two-wheel ABS brakes.
The ABS control module is a computer that determines when to send and release pressure to each wheel. The computer keeps the brakes from locking up if you have to hit them hard. The module also performs diagnostic checks on the ABS braking system.
Your vehicle’s brakes will give you many signs that you need brake repair, including:
Squealing Noise When You Step on the Brakes: Each brake pad has a tab. The tab scrapes the rotors and makes a squealing noise when the pad wears down to a certain point. When you hear that noise, get your vehicles into CDP Diesel & Auto for a brake replacement. If you allow the brakes to continue making the noise, the tab will dig into the rotors.
Grinding Noise When You Step on the Brakes: If you hear a grinding noise, that is most likely the brake pad backing plate grinding on the rotor. The brake pads and rotors need to be replaced. If you let this happen for too long, you could risk losing your brakes when needed. Additionally, it could cause the calipers to overextend.
The Brake Pedal Goes More Than Halfway to the Floor: The brake pads are getting very low, and it’s time to replace them.
The Emergency Brake Handle Pulls All the Way Up: The rear brakes are very low. It’s time for a brake replacement. If you have drums on the rear, your auto technician may be able to adjust the brake shoes.
Brake Pedal Feels Spongy: This could be caused by low brake pads, low brake fluid in the master cylinder, air in the brake lines, or even a malfunctioning caliper.
Burning Smell While Driving: One or more calipers are stuck against the brake rotor. The burning smell is the heat from the friction caused by the pads rubbing the rotor. If the wheel gets too hot, it could catch fire.
Vehicle Pulls When Braking: If you step on the brake and notice the vehicle pulling to one side, you need brake repair.
Leaking Fluid: You’ll probably feel something wrong when you step on the brakes before you see leaking fluid unless you are obsessive about checking for fluid leaks.
Vibrations: The brake pedal or steering wheel can vibrate when you step on the brake. If you feel this, make an appointment at CDP Diesel & Auto in Palmerston, ON so that we can diagnose the condition.
At CDP Diesel & Auto, we understand your brakes’ critical role in keeping you and your vehicle safe on the road. Our expert technicians are here to diagnose, repair, and restore your braking system to its optimal performance.
Don’t compromise on safety. Whether you’re dealing with squeaky brakes, reduced stopping power, or any other brake-related concerns, our team has the experience and skills to address them promptly.
Contact us today at (519) 418-3344 or email [email protected]. Our auto repair shop is located at 114 Noble Family Road, Palmerston, ON N0G 2P0, Canada.